Saturday, July 30, 2005

The outside of the Lab this time. Posted by Picasa

A sunset the other night. Posted by Picasa

Michael playing the guitar. He's cunningly avoiding being sold to shutterstock by covering himself with corporate logos at all times these days. Apparently he's even seriously contemplating getting a big Apple tattooed on his back...;-) (He also claims he doesn't have a beard just now, whereas it is clearly reaching Malcolm-esque proportions...) Posted by Picasa

Friday, July 29, 2005

Sunday, July 24, 2005

More experiments with sparklers. This is the mini-bottle of pink champagne Michael got me when I passed my viva. With a straw (the champagne, not the viva). It occurred to me as I was walking down Ashton Lane with it that I might end up being arrested as it's illegal to drink alcohol outside in Glasgow. But at least it would be more refined that being arrested for drinking Buckfast outside...;-) Posted by Picasa

This is the result of one of Gimp's filters on the champagne bottle pic. No idea how it gets from one to the other, but it's very pretty... Posted by Picasa

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Tour bus with picture of the Round Church on it, next to some people standing outside the actual Round Church. Posted by Picasa

Spotted this guy marching down King's Parade waving a Scottish flag. No idea why. Perhaps he felt he had to ward off the large numbers of English people milling about... Posted by Picasa

Some PhDs make off down Senate House Passage past some summer-school students. Posted by Picasa

Bedellus-type guy waves his top-hat at the granduands as they go into the Senate House. Posted by Picasa

Going in to the ceremony. Posted by Picasa

Waiting for graduation. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, July 21, 2005


They're cunning devils, the Canon people. Despite having had the D30 for several months now, I had failed miserably to get round to reading the effing manual properly and have basically been treating it like my lovely, but extremely basic, Centon semi-automatic. This meant that not only was I frequently fighting with the D30 when it did seemingly bizarre things like taking a succession of shots any time I tried to do a longish exposure at night, but I wasn't using exciting features like white-balance adjustments and Depth of Field Preview! The excitement of it! I've always wanted DoF preview...strange, I know.

Anyway, hopefully with a bit more practise (and more reading of the manual) my pictures will improve. I recently submitted some pictures to Shutterstock, and so far have made 80 cents! The likelihood of this funding an escape from the proof seems remote, but it's quite entertaining, and doubtless good practise (is that the right spelling of practise? or should it be 'ice'? I can never remember).

Apparently the sort of photos that sell best are ones with people in them, so I foresee a batch of Michael pics, as he's currently the only one who's agreed to sign the model release form. Other voluteers should form an orderly queue...;-)

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Corridor in the Lab. Despite my boss' suggestion that an orange skirt would go well with my purple t-shirt, I have resisted buying such a garment in case I start blending into the decor... Posted by Picasa

Another bit of the stairwell. Posted by Picasa

Orange stairwell. This is my favourite part of the building (bizarrely enough). It smells nice (usually of freshly cut grass). Posted by Picasa

Lights in the Lab Posted by Picasa

Clouds (though not from both sides) Posted by Picasa

Thistle with bee. Posted by Picasa

Windowbox and geraniums Posted by Picasa

A red door with hollyhocks along the street. Took me ages to catch it without cars in front... Posted by Picasa

Sunday, July 17, 2005

I fell prey to Heffers' midnight opening last night and went in and bought the new Harry Potter and a snowy owl. This was a bit of a disappointment as it doesn't hoot, it makes a kind of "ack ack ack, whistle" sort of noise :-( But it's very cute. Posted by Picasa

Another picture of the giant spider on the bridge over the lock, taken on the way back from getting the new HP book. Quite difficult to take photos in the dark while avoiding drunk people and students from Hogwarts as they stagger past you. Posted by Picasa

Blurry man on bike.  Posted by Picasa

Calming lavender stuff in a blue bottle from Dave's Navy (or Neal's Yard if you're not Michael ;-) Posted by Picasa